To head up a team of ~3 direct reports to develop, commission, acquire and deliver content which will help Practicing engineers solve problems in their work and continue their professional development. This will include the IET Engineering Reference; developing technical CPD e-learning content; and implementing an Open Innovation platform which allows IET members to solve engineering problems.

Job Details

Reports to: Head of Practitioner Publishing    

Accountable to: Publishing Director  

Hours: 35 hours per week, exclusive of meal breaks, plus as many as required to fulfil the needs of the post      

Band: PC

Location: Michael Faraday House, Stevenage

Main Duties and Responsibilities (not necessarily in priority order):

  • To develop and execute a plan to commission a continuously updated IET Engineering Reference for commercial launch in Jan 2015;
  • To develop technical content suitable to meet the CPD requirements of engineers including conversion of IET Engineering Reference materials into e-learning, and development of MOOCS and associated education resources in association with partners;
  • To research, gain approval for, and implement revenue generating an Open Innovation product which allows IET members to solve engineering problems for corporate and other organisations;
  • To research topics, content types, product lines and services (e.g. conference material, user generated content) of interest to the practitioner engineering community;
  • Establish and utilise networks of experts both internal and external to the institution to support content development for current and future initiatives;
  • Work with editorial, production, and marketing processes to ensure on time and on budget delivery of products;
  • Ensure all content is contracted sourced and delivered to facilitate digital development of products;
  • Take responsibility for proposing  appropriate budgets, formats, prices and sales projections for publications, in liaison with Sales and Marketing colleagues;
  • To recommend any developments and improvements within the editorial, production, sales and marketing environment (including acquisitions) which may enhance the performance of Practitioner Publishing;
  • To attend relevant industry and sector events, representing the business at events and maintaining high level of market awareness;
  • To undertake any other duties and projects at the request of the line manager;
  • To comply with data protection legislation and act responsibly on matters of data disclosure both internally and to third parties;
  • To be familiar with the Health and Safety and Fire policies for the organisation and to attend mandatory updates where required.

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria:

  • University graduate (preferably in a science or engineering subject);
  • Experienced publisher (preferably technical B2B);
  • Extensive experience of commissioning significant products or services for a scientific/ technical market  and a good knowledge of trends in these areas;
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate a team of Commissioning staff to proactively produce content and develop programmes in line with agreed objectives;
  • A working knowledge or interest in R&D requirements in terms of end user workflows/ information needs;
  • Evidence of previous experience in engaging and working with high profile authors and editors;
  • Able to work productively on own initiative managing workloads to meet deadlines, budgets and deliverables;
  • Good analytic and strategic planning skills for products and acquisitions, and creative thinker who understands opportunities available in S&T Publishing;
  • Excellent communicator with strong presentational skills;
  • Experience of moving from print to digital publishing formats, and good awareness of the new business models/opportunities this may bring;
  • Strong commercial skills, familiarity with financials and ability to work with both words and numbers;
  • Ability and willingness to travel on business (driver preferred).

Desirable Criteria:

  • Self-driven, results-oriented, and a clear focus on high quality and efficiency;
  • Experience of working within the science, engineering and technology area.
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